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Continued steps forward for Team Suzuki

Continued steps forward for Team Suzuki

Continued steps forward for Team Suzuki

Team Suzuki MotoGP reported encouraging results at the end of their three-day testing session at Phillip Island on Saturday. Kenny Roberts and John Hopkins had a busy schedule, with emphasis placed on the latest engine control systems and an extensive Bridgestone tyre test.

Both riders tested numerous new Bridgestone race compound and new construction tyres throughout the test, allowing technicians and riders to analyse and compare vital data to improve all aspects of handling and control of the GSV-R over race distance.

"Bridgestone have done a great job this week, they've made a race compound tyre that I'm really happy with - definitely the best I've ever used - so this is a really positive move for me and another step in the right direction," commented Hopkins.

Operations Manager Howard Plumpton added: "This has been another constructive test for Team Suzuki MotoGP. We have again made more improvements to the GSV-R and are leaving Phillip Island with lots of valuable data.

"This test was not about lap times but progressing with the development of the bike. Even so, high 1min30secs lap times are a big step forward from our 2004 pace and are a lot closer to the frontrunners. It is clear we still have to improve but everybody is pushing hard to achieve those improvements.

"The support from Bridgestone has again been excellent and I know they are working very hard on making the right tyres for the GSV-R- this has been emphasised by John's upbeat reaction to the new compounds."

Team Suzuki's next track appearance will be at the first Official MotoGP Test at Barcelona on March 18th-20th.

MotoGP, 2005

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